tokolosh
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Dc-3's In Active Service

Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:33 pm

Does anybody know how many DC-3's/C-47's are still in active service and who flies them?
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dstc47
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:41 pm

A very comprehensive book on the DC2/DC3 recently emerged from Air Britain.


My copy is at home but if I recall correctly, there were somewhere up to 1,000 DC3's still active, or potentially active, mostly flying freight in less developed parts, with heritage groups, with military units (mostly re-engined as turboprops) and a handful of small passenger operators in Canada and Latin America offering passenger service.

If you want a passenger service Yellowknife in Canada might be a good start.
 
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:04 am

Indeed the new book of Ms Gradidge from Air Britain must be the ultimate DC-3 book, I can't wait to see it, browse thru it and buy it.
The estimate of 1000 flying DC-3s is somewhat high. The Tukish, Thai, South African and Greek Airforces together had hundreds of active DC-3s til about 10 years ago but these fleets have been decimated or parked since then.
My estimate would be that there are about 300 DC-3s which have been flying in the last 12 months. Still more then there are flying Fokker 100s or Embraer Brasilia's!
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:54 am

I taxied through Villavecencia, Colombia and passed a dozen of the most beautiful DC-3s you could imagine. This was in 1994 or theres abouts, there was not a spec of dirt or grease on the undercarriage, the skins were all hightly polished aluminum, you could shave in the reflection.

Unfortuantely, if I pulled out a camera, my life would not have been worth much. They were mostly flying ferry flights, bottled water, food and chemicals to jungle strips. I'm sure some of these are still in excellent condition and flying. An incredible sight to see, 12 of these magnificint birds lined up, spotless.
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:59 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 2):
Still more then there are flying Fokker 100s or Embraer Brasilia's!

Or L1011s....  no 

Related...does anybody know what year PBA (Provicetown-Boston Airlines) parked thier DC-3s? I remember seeing those on the ramp at Logan and @ ACK back in the mid-80s.
 
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:58 pm

SAA have one flying charters, as well as a couple of DC-4s.


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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:08 pm

Delta still has thier ship 41 restored that is frequently seen flying at airshows around the USA. There's a good website with a lot of photos of the aircraft and inside the aircraft from a ferry flight at

http://www.l1011.homestead.com/DC3.html
 
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:52 pm

There's got to be lots of them out there... apart from the showpieces mentioned, there are many doing cargo runs. These 4 fly almost daily between Florida and the Bahamas (though I am aware that no. 4 is not a DC-3).


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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:09 pm

When I worked at the aiport I had the oppotunity to meet a couple DC3 cargo flights that came in from SJU. I don't remember the operator though. This wasn't more than 2 years ago.
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PerthGloryFan
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:19 pm

There's 18 DC-3/C-47s on the register here in Australia with the majority still airworthy for charters and historic flights.

VH ABR
VH AES
VH AGU
VH BPN
VH CWS
VH DNA
VH EAE
VH EAF
VH MIN
VH MMA
VH NVD
VH NVZ
VH OVM
VH PWN
VH SBL
VH TMQ
VH UPQ

Classic Wings operates VH-CWS on regular charters including Saturday evening 1940's dinner flights from Perth.

See http://www.classicwings.com.au/

A group of us got on her inaugural city view flight in September last year.



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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:53 pm

I was informed that there is an DC3 out of Ven. or Col. in South America that flys to BVB. I was told this about 6 months go. So could be old news.
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:27 pm

I'm sure that the Venezuela and Bolivia A.net members can write a lot of your post, Tokolosh.

Aeroejecutivos (Venezuela) uses three DC-3, each with 30 seat; Lineas Aereas Canedo (Bolivia) uses three DC-3 and a pair of Curtiss C-46 Commando;
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:12 pm

Regarding South Floridian DC3's, just check out OPF. IMO the Disneyworld for spotters.

Active Carriers (as far as I can remember):

Florida Air Cargo
Rohades Aviation (sp??)
Four Star Aircargo (recently bought Tol Air)
TMF (Super DC3's with increased mtow....supercool staff)
Florida Air Transport (1x DC4, 1x DC6, 1x DC7....You have to know Cpt. Blanco. One of the greatest aviators I've ever met)
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 9:42 pm

Yankee Air Force, KYIP, C-47 N8704, flies May-October, airshows, and junkets for museum members. (60$ to join)
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:44 pm

Do Altantic Airlines, based at CVT, still operate them in UK ?
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:48 am

Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife still has a scheduled passenger flight between there and Hayriver. I think it is the last sched PAX DC3 flight in the world.

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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:54 am

Quoting L1011dal (Reply 6):
Delta still has thier ship 41 restored

Yeah, and they need to put it back into scheduled service! I'd much rather fly on it than one of those *&@#* CRJ's! Smile
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:09 am

Kamaka Air (HNL) has a Super DC-3, N9796N, hauling cargo inter-island, and was the subject of an article in the Dec 06 issue of Airways. Sister-ship and C-47, N99131 is currently on hiatus.

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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:01 am

Lady, you ask, "Is this plane safe to fly ?" Just how in the world do you think got to be this old ?
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:52 pm

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 15):
Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife still has a scheduled passenger flight between there and Hayriver. I think it is the last sched PAX DC3 flight in the world.

They also fly a wide range of other classics

Douglas DC-4's
Douglas DC-4 Tankers
Curtiss C-46's
Canadair CL-215's
Canso's
Norseman

Those are not their only aircraft, they fly some more modern ones too.

http://buffaloairways.com/fleet.htm
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san747
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:43 am

There's one at my local GA airport, HMT (Hemet-Ryan) and it's active. It flies every once in a while and is sometimes used for movies or shows (it's been spotted at Edwards AFB)...


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greasespot
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RE: Dc-3's In Active Service

Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:30 am

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 19):
Those are not their only aircraft, they fly some more modern ones too.

I know....But if you read the thread starter it specifically is talking about DC-3's.

And none of those other AC are in scheduled PAX service like the DC-3 is. That is bigger than some cargo hauler flying mail in one.

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